This is an external event hosted by Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
The KPU Indigenous Dialogue Series 2021-2022 is a four-part speaker series intended to bring together all members of the Kwantlen community—students, employees, affiliates, and the general public; settler and Indigenous—to listen, learn, and engage with Indigenous scholars, activists, and leaders.
The 2021-22 series will be guided by Coast Salish values reflected within the cycle of the seasons: fall, winter, spring, and summer. In Coast Salish territories, the seasonal cycle of the year guides much of the affairs of the communities and holds incredible significance in cultural practices.
The fall is a time for preparation and reflection.
The winter is a time for togetherness, spirituality, and working.
The spring is a time for growth and renewal.
The summer is a time for abundance, harvesting, and celebration.
The first event in the series will feature Len Pierre (Pul-ee-qwe-luck), Special Advisor, Indigenous Leadership, Innovation, and Partnerships at KPU. Len is Coast Salish from Katzie First Nation. He is an educator, TEDx Speaker, Knowledge Keeper, and cultural practitioner who specializes in Decolonial, Reconciliatory, and Indigeneity work with organizations. With a background in adult education and Indigenous methodology, Len aims to decolonize and transform corporate systems, approaches, policies, and curriculum content in any professional discipline. Len will talk about how reconciliation can move from ‘knowing’ to ‘doing’ in higher education. Len says “We have everything we need for the journey ahead”. There are countless documents, research, and literature led by Indigenous peoples that give us the blueprint to build reconciliation into our practices, policies, principles, and physical places. Len will guide us through reconciliation strategies, ethics, dilemmas, pitfalls, and leave the floor open for dialogue.